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How COVID-19 Has & Will Impact Grain Marketing

MarketChat The effects of coronavirus on agriculture will be felt for a while, so watch for these trends in grain marketing during the coming months. Prices ...
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Use a Grain Marketing Plan to Map Your Ag Business Numbers

MarketChat Trade more confidently with a marketing plan.  While markets may be anything but predictable, your grain marketing plan will tell you price goals,...
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What is Sustainable Agriculture & How Can It Positively Impact Your Grain Farm?

MarketChat Your farm’s financial health is influenced by its economic, environmental, and social sustainability. While "sustainable agriculture" is a...
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How to Forecast the Carryout & Visualize Supply and Demand Changes

MarketChat Struggling to forecast the carryout? Our WASDE Calculator can help. The monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE), developed by...
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10 Business Tips That Will Benefit Your Grain Farm & Employees

MarketChat Use winter downtime to set yourself up for business success this spring. While 2019 was a challenging year, these ten business tips will help you...
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8 Tips for Achieving Financial Health for Your Grain Farming Business

MarketChat Find out how 2019 impacted your farm and how 2020 can set you up for success. Follow these eight steps for grain farming financial health this...
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6 Things Farmers Should Know About Commodity Trading & Risk Management

AstraSpec Risk management and commodity trading are important, so keep these insights on hand to prepare you for success next harvest. Commodity exchange is...
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December 2019 Grain Market News

Ag Astra is your trusted source for grain market news and agricultural trading observations. Excessive rains and an October snowstorm have stalled...
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Trade Smarter Not Harder with AstraHedge Risk Management

AstraHedge Technology is creating exciting opportunities. Will you embrace them in your risk management or be left behind? Agriculture has drastically...
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November 2019 Grain Market News

Ag Astra is your trusted source for grain market news and agricultural trading observations. November begins essentially at the same level as...
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4 Ways MarketChat Can Help Farmers Profit From Their Crops

MarketChat You can follow the markets in a moment-by-moment panic, or you can plan for the unexpected with MarketChat. Well, it’s been quite a year. We...
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October 2019 Grain Market News

Ag Astra is your trusted source for grain market news and agricultural trading observations. As September draws to a close, we are anxiously...
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September 2019 Ag News Roundup

Soybeans Spared From Additional Chinese Tariffs, Lower Yields for Corn & Soybeans, 2019 Agronomy Field Day It’s our mission to bridge the...
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September 2019 Grain Market News

Ag Astra is your trusted source for grain market news and agricultural trading observations. August ended with a thud, and then the bleeding...
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Agricultural Trading: How Ag Astra Connects Trading to Farming

Grain Market | Trading Strategies There is a huge disconnect between the farming world and ag trading. No one person can be an expert at everything. There is simply not enough time...
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10 Trading Strategies for Farmers & Ag Investors

MarketChat You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be successful in trading, but working with people who understand trading strategies and the farming...
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